The Norfolk & Western Northern Type 4-8-4-Locomotive No. 746 was a replica of this railroad’s Class J locomotive. Touted by Lionel as "a magnificent heir to the tradition of steam," this locomotive was one of the last to see regular service in country and was in reality the "last gasp of steam!" Produced from 1957 until 1960, Lionel’s production would outlast the prototype.
This locomotive has a BLACK painted die-cast boiler with a RED stripe along the running boards outlined in YELLOW and the number is rubber-stamped on this stripe. It came with a lighted headlight and a smoke unit that uses liquid smoke. There is an ornamental whistle and bell on the top as is the control lever for the three position directional unit.